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Encouraging Roadway Safety on RT 191

Following a recent tragedy involving a resident of Paradise Falls Lutheran Association, I hosted a community discussion with local leaders to garner public input and encourage roadway safety along Route 191 in Cresco.

Our community is heartbroken over this devastating accident along Route 191 – I cannot stress enough the importance of slowing down and paying attention to your surroundings while behind the wheel.

View the joint press release here

Remembering Sept. 11.

Monday marks the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on our country, including one that resulted in a plane crash in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It is with a heavy heart that we remember the devastating attacks and wish peace for the families who lost a loved one.

We also recognize the incredible heroes, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as they cared for the innocent victims. Emergency responders and military personnel deserve our deep gratitude.

State Budget Implementation Requires Action by the House

Last week, the Senate convened for session and passed legislation to take additional steps toward finalizing the new state budget. To finalize the budget, we are waiting for the House of Representatives to come back to session and vote on budget implementation legislation. Right now, the House is not scheduled to come back to Harrisburg for session until Sept. 26.

The general appropriations bill was signed into law last month. However, code language passed by the Senate still needs to be advanced by the House in order to drive out critical funding.

Shared Ride Services Available to the Public

People who do not drive can get where they need to go using shared ride services. Riders can travel to work, medical providers, grocery stores, shopping centers and more when fixed route services cannot meet their needs.

While shared ride services are open to the public, riders must register in advance to use them. Each shared ride provider has its own fare structure. Various programs allow seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income individuals to access shared ride service at a reduced out-of-pocket cost or even for free.

Find more information and the shared ride service provider near you here.

Tax-Free Savings Accounts for People with Disabilities

Tax-free savings accounts to help people with disabilities save money for disability-related expenses are available through the Pennsylvania Treasury. PA ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts are structured similar to tuition savings accounts.

Family members and friends can contribute up to $17,000 per year; PA ABLE account owners who earn income may contribute additional funds beyond the annual contribution limit. Once the maximum account limit of $511,758 is reached, accounts continue to earn interest.

Withdrawals from the account will be exempt from both state and federal income taxes as long as the funds are used for qualified disability expenses. These include education, housing, transportation, employment support, health prevention and assistive technology. Learn more here.

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